SECRETS & WILD THINGS
An Autumn Retreat for Women!
September 22, 23, 24, 2017
Dekoven Center Racine, WI
Featuring Marguerite Rigoglioso, Ph.D.,
We’re living in remarkable times in which humanity is awakening to realities that for hundreds of years have been considered the stuff of fable but, there is a grain of truth in every tale.
Around the world there are terms for magical beings who dwell in a land not far, far away but one that overlaps with our world. It can be accessed on purpose by witches and seers, on accident by drunken fools, and without effort by children.
In Gaelic they are the Sidhe, in German, and French, the Fée, in Russian; Feya, and in Italian, Fata, all of which give root to our contemporary English word for fairy. They are known as the Good People, the Little People, The Gentry and the Wee Folk. Early accounts described them as ranging greatly in size from diminutive to immense. Some types were said to be shape-shifters that could vary their dimensions easily. They have a sharp intellect and their trickery is legendary.
Throughout history, from biblical accounts, to folklore, the legends and stories have been told of their sightings, their interactions, and even their interbreeding with humans. Come and learn the secrets of where these wild beings “dwell,” their connection with humans and the natural world, their numerous races, their own holocausted history, and why they are knocking at our door more insistently now. Have the experience of meeting a Fairy ally, entering the Fairy realm, and beginning or amplifying your own connection with these beings – for the benefit of yourself and all sentient life connected with Gaia.
In a world where the unexplained happens every day and anything is possible Gaia's Womb takes you to to a place that allows you to unplug, to consider new ways to decipher the past, make connections with the present, and plan for the future.
Be prepared to play, for one must become as a child to enter into the realm of the Fairies!
And – lastly, be careful what you wish for!
Introducing our presenters -
Marguerite Rigoglioso, Ph.D., is the author of The Cult of Divine Birth in Ancient Greece and Virgin Mother Goddesses of Antiquity, pioneering volumes emerging from her doctoral dissertation at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She teaches unique and leading-edge courses on the sacred feminine and women's spiritual leadership at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Sofia University (formerly Institute of Transpersonal Psychology), and Dominican University of California. Her research on female deities and women’s religious leadership in the ancient Mediterranean world and beyond has appeared in anthologies and journals.A speaker at conferences and numerous public venues around the world, she delivered a James C. Loeb Classical lecture at Harvard University on her research.
Marguerite combines lifelong study of the religious history of the ancient Mediterranean world and beyond with her own spiritual growth work and intuitional skills, which have been cultivated through years of ceremonial practice as well as intensive study at the Foundation for Spiritual Development in San Rafael, CA. For the past 25 years, she has been a professional freelance writer for Harvard, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Boston University, and numerous nonprofits, businesses, and authors. In addition to all of the above, we are excited to have Marguerite join us for this particular event because she is also one of the emerging oracle voices on human and Fey/Fairy crossbreeding, and the need for dialog and cooperation among us.
Marguerite will be offering a schedule of private readings during her time with us. Details will be provided with your registration confirmation.
World traveler, Master Potter, and a familiar face at Festivals and Cons around the country, Gaia's Womb welcomes the creative heart and spirit of our very own sister muse - Susan Minyard. Those of you familiar with Susan's exquisite pottery offerings will be thrilled to know that her talents go beyond pottery into other realms of creative expression including fabric arts and needle work. At this event, she will be sharing her skill teaching ribbon embroidery to make a special fabric pocket talisman for holding secrets and other shiny treasures. Susan comes to us from Missouri, where she makes pots, land stewards a 500 acre farm that had been abandoned in 1946, before the use of pesticides, and plays with her grandson.